Vampire's Assistant, The

USA 2009

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The Vampire's Assistant
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Directed by Paul Weitz

"The Vampire's Assistant" tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

14-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady and a gigantic barker. As Darren flexes his newly-found powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity.

Release date: October 29, 2009.

a.k.a. Cirque du Freak


Cast:

John C. Reilly as Larten Crepsley
Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan
Willem Dafoe as Gavner Purl
Salma Hayek as Madame Truska
Josh Hutcherson as Steve
Daniel Newman as Pete
Patrick Fugit as Evra Von
Orlando Jones as Alexander Ribs
Ken Watanabe as Mr. Tall
Jane Krakowski as Cormac Limbs
Michael Arnona as Pigpen
Michael Dean Baker as Mr. Piercing



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From the Library

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